( A video from the Barack Obama campaign going after John McCain for not do father in the senate investigation of the Republican Lobbying Scandal.)
Local teachers will be protesting outside of Assembly Member Audra Strickland's office in Westlake Friday afternoon. They are pushing for action on the state budget. Click on continue reading for details.
Is the point of the protest to really push Audra Strickland to work with Democrats and the governor to pass a budget? I don't see that happening. She has signed a pledge with Grover Norquist and Tom McClintock to not raise taxes. Here is a link to see the press release about her pledge.
Talk about bad timing though. Grover Norquist's business partner and long time friend Jack Abramoff was sentenced to federal prison Thursday. Jack Abramoff was convicted of a whole series of crimes. If you haven't read the story about how he worked with Grover Norquist to hide the source of casino money that was transferred to the Christian Coalition to go after another casino you really should look it up.
John McCain was involved in the investigation and deserves credit.
Why California Republicans would be working with someone that has trashed their nominee for years doesn't make sense if they want to be the majority party in this state. Can a Republican proudly support Grover Norquist ( John McCain is delusional and a liar) and proudly support John McCain at the same time? I don't think that makes sense at all.
Democrats point out that John McCain could have gone farther in the investigation and let key figures go.
If the point of the protest is to help drive up Audra Strickland's negatives and put pressure on other legislators that makes political sense. It is part of a statewide action and I know it will be getting press coverage.
But I don't think she is open to negotiating any deal that involves any tax increases. Her Chief of Staff who was suspended by her office for some period of time ( it isn't exactly clear when the suspension is over) is out campaigning for Tony Strickland. I saw him again waving signs by a freeway off ramp this week. I don't think he is up in Sacramento talking to assembly Democrats and the governor to make a deal on the budget.
Do you think she is going to move at all on the budget?
Is there any part of my analysis you disagree with?
Oh, and before you point out that both parties have corrupt members, I agree. I am embarrassed that Democratic Rep. Jefferson is in office even after he was found with money in his fridge and someone has plead guilty to bribing him.
If you are going to the protest take some pictures and send them in.
TIME TO DEMAND ACTION
ON THE STATE BUDGET!
Come join teachers, school workers, parents, and state workers to tell state representative Audra Strickland to do her job. Get a budget passed that protects public education, working people, the elderly and disabled!
On Friday, September 5, 2008 from 4-5 PM,
we will be demonstrating on the four corners of Westlake Blvd. and Townsgate Road in Westlake (located in East Ventura County). We will also have demonstrators in front of Audra's office at 2659 Townsgate Road, Suite 236. We are asking you to make and bring your own signs demanding action on the state budget.
There are several parking lots in the area of the demonstration. This is a peaceful demonstration to demand action on the state budget. We will also be collecting petition signature to deliver to Ms. Strickland during the demonstration. Please send this flyer out to your members ASAP...
IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND - PLEASE CALL!
Call Ms. Strickland's Office at (805) 230-9167 and
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